Ben Doleac
Lecturer, Ethnomusicology

African American Musical Heritage

Through his research and teaching, Ben Doleac has explored sound, signification, and subversion in popular music and the music of the African diaspora, from funk and jazz to disco, hip hop and beyond. His current research examines the New Orleans brass band parade known as the second line, detailing how black New Orleanians have utilized the parade as a site of both creative resistance and direct political action from the Jim Crow era through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2014, Doleac won a Graduate Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where he researched the early history of jazz. His writing has been published in Ethnomusicology Review and The Yearbook of Traditional Music. He has also been a performing vocalist for more than two decades in ensembles ranging from Harvard’s Kumbaa Singers to the UCLA Early Music Ensemble.

Music and culture of the African diaspora; interrelationship between music and dance; popular music; American history; postcolonial theory; urban studies.

PhD in Ethnomusicology, UCLA, 2018; M.A. in Music (Ethnomusicology), the University of Alberta, 2011; B.A. in English, Wesleyan University, 2005

Nick DePinna
Lecturer--Introduction to Musicianship
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Katherine In–Young Lee
Associate Professor (On leave 2022-2023)
Armen Adamian
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Roger Savage
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Melissa Bilal
Associate Director of Armenian Music Program and Lecturer
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Mark Kligman
Professor of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Humanities Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Mohsen Mohammadi
Director of Indo-Persian Music
Lorry Black
Academic Administrator

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